Age of Ignorance

I feel like this quote does a good job of capturing my feelings behind why I have no kill switch on awesome:

From www.nybooks.com:

Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources. Sure, they are, but do we still want them? It doesn’t look to me as if we do. The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit.

I’m just one person though. And my sphere of influence is only so big and so powerful. This makes me feel very sad about what our country has become. Is it too late for us to make things better? How do we make intelligence desirable?

Five in Five

As my official time as student nears its end, I’ve been thinking about how I want continue my life.
Of course, I will be working after I graduate. However, It’s hard for me to imagine a time when I didn’t have school, save those fleeting moments during the summer.

Over the last few semesters, I’ve grown to appreciate knowledge and the process of acquiring it. And I don’t think I’m ready to stop yet. I hope I’m never ready to stop learning.

Thus, I’m launching a new project: Five in Five – Five things I want to do in the five years after I graduate. I’ll admit, the list is pretty aggressive, but I think it’s doable.

However, the keyword here is “want.” I want to complete these things because I think they are interesting and I feel they will be useful. That being said, I’m not sure if I will be able to complete it all within five years and, even then, I’m not even sure if I want to complete all things I’ve laid out.

I’ve ordered the list is roughly the order I plan to complete them in:

  1. Travel the World
  2. Pilot’s license
  3. Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  4. Masters Degree
  5. Professional Engineer

As always, keep it tuned here for all the fun. Soon, I’ll be doing a lot of talking, asking, and planning about the first part of my Five in Five: Traveling the World.